I’m a bit overdue for an update. The garden has exploded with growth, which is great! The Dragon’s Tongue heirloom beans are in full production. It is a Dutch wax bean that is stringless, crisp and juicy. The vivid purple stripes disappear when blanched.
My favorite color is purple and I guess it shows by what we choose to grow. This year we have both orange and purple carrots. These are named Dragon as well. I guess it’s assumed that Dragon’s are supposed to be purple and any purple vegetable bears the name. The Dragon carrots are sweet and colorful with a beautiful red-purple exterior contrasting against a yellow-orange interior. Consider trying these conversational and tasty carrots with your next veggie tray.
Due to the late frost, many of our beets didn’t make it, but a few did. The Chioggia beets are an Italian heirloom named after a fishing town near Venice and have candy cane stripes on the inside. The stripes aren’t as solid in our beets due to the weather patterns, but they taste great! Roasted they turn golden with a rosy hue like a Rainier cherry.
The heirloom tomatoes are huge, but still green. I can’t wait to taste the first one! I have lots of plans for Brushetta. This appetizer is so simple and highlights the gardens best. I like to cut up both a red and yellow tomato for beauty, and then add garlic, fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper and heap on top of crusty piece of baguette. Yum!
The bell peppers and jalapenos are miniatures on the plant and will be ready soon. But most importantly, I am so pleased that my Dahlia flowers have finally bloomed, after I feared the ducks would nip off every bud for the pleasure of their own palette.
Aside from frequenting the Farmer’s Markets, I’ve been making blueberry-raspberry jam, peach jam and I’m going to try a Pepper Marmalade to eat with crackers or over cream cheese. I’m on the prowl for plums and I can’t wait for pears either!
That’s this week on the farm!